Breaking News, Fairfax County Public Schools has cancelled all community use activities conducted by groups not affiliated by FCPS beginning Saturday, March 14 until April 12, 2020. Due to this decision, FPYC is suspending operations and postponing the start of our Spring Season until April 12. During this time period we will review all options and communicate any spring sport updates as they develop.
We appreciate your patience as we all adjust to this ongoing situation. Below is the full FCPS email.
March 12, 2020
Dear FCPS Community,
As you may know, some school divisions in our region have announced school closures. These actions prompted a number of inquiries regarding the operating status of FCPS.
We have been in consultation with the Fairfax County Health Department and their experts continue to assure us that the coronavirus risk in our community remains low.
Our schools remain open. Other school divisions in Northern Virginia are also staying open.
I want to share with you a statement from Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Health Director, Fairfax County.
“I support the Fairfax County Public School’s decision to remain open at this time. To date, the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Fairfax have been associated with travel to affected areas or are close contacts of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. They contracted the illness through direct exposure rather than through sustained community spread. Schools serve an important and vital function in our community. Keeping schools open, whenever possible, is critical at this time. If, and when, it is determined that our contact investigations show any connection to the school system, we would provide closure guidance and recommendations. These would be based on sound, public health principles. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified in a school (staff or student), our recommendation would be to close that particular school for 2-14 days, depending on the level of exposures, for cleaning and contact tracing. We would monitor students and staff and re-open after that time.”
FCPS, however, is taking additional actions today and we want to update you.
- Effective Saturday, March 14, all extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, and after-school programs are canceled until April 12. SACC centers will remain open.
- Effective Saturday, March 14, all community use activities conducted by groups not affiliated with FCPS are canceled until April 12.
- Effective Saturday, March 14, all field trips are canceled through April 12. As you know, we had previously canceled all overnight trips and day trips to New York through April 12.
We will share with you updates about today’s decisions by March 31.
Monday, March 16, remains a student holiday/staff development day.
We are also reviewing our food service and food handling procedures. Please be assured that we are working with our community partners to maintain food distribution to children and families throughout our community. Local food banks and non-profit organizations that run weekend backpack and emergency food programs are essential partners in this effort.
Many of our schools and PTAs are canceling school-based events due to anticipated low turnout. We fully understand the decisions being made by the event organizers as we recognize the ongoing concern among our families. We truly hope that many of these events will be rescheduled as we recognize they are an important part of a student’s educational experience.
We will continue to keep you updated as new developments emerge. We are doing our very best to make decisions in the best interest of our students and staff. Thank you for your cooperation to ensure we are providing the healthiest and safest environment possible.
Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools
Dear FPYC Parents, Players and Fans:
As I am certain you are aware, COVID-19 is impacting our community. While the situation is very fluid and we are following information that is provided by the CDC, Virginia Department of Health and Fairfax County for recommendations on suspension of events. While many major sports are cancelling events due to the large crowds associated with their events, other smaller gatherings are permitted to proceed.
At this time, we will continue with the Spring Season. While we believe this is the right decision at this time, this may change at any time. We will post updated information on our website, and in an email blast to all participants.
Please consider your personal situation and health when making a decision to attend any event.
The following guidelines should be followed for your health and for any event:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. NO HANDSHAKES for any participants.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not reuse any tissue.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from the Coronavirus. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice), especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Be respectful of everyone and if you (parents, fans or players) show any signs of being sick, and please refrain from attending any practice, game or event.
- If you attend any practice, game or event, please adhere to social distancing as a courtesy to everyone.
- If you are in a high risk group, please refrain from attending practices, games or events with large groups to avoid crowds.
FPYC appreciates your continued support and we are very appreciative of your understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.
For additional information please see the CDC and Virginia Department of Health websites. Please adhere to communications from the CDC and/or Virginia Department of Health.
Anne Hoffman, President
FPYC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REGARDING THE IDENTIFICATION AND HANDLING OF SUSPECTED CONCUSSIONS IN YOUTH ATHLETES
A concussion is a brain injury that is characterized by an onset of impairment of cognitive and/or physical functioning, and is caused by a blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that causes a sudden jarring of the head (i.e., a helmet to the head, being knocked to the ground). A concussion can occur with or without a loss of consciousness, and proper management is essential to the immediate safety and long-term future of the injured individual. A concussion can be difficult to diagnose, and failing to recognize the signs and symptoms in a timely fashion can have dire consequences.
Most athletes who experience a concussion can recover completely as long as they do not return to play prematurely. The effects of repeated concussions can be cumulative, and after a concussion, there is a period in which the brain is particularly vulnerable to further injury. If an athlete sustains a second concussion during this period, the risk of permanent brain injury increases significantly and the consequences of a seemingly mild second concussion can be very severe, and even result in death (i.e., “second impact syndrome”).
Appropriate licensed health care provider means a physician, physician assistant, osteopath or athletic trainer licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine; a neuropsychologist licensed by the Board of Psychology; or a nurse practitioner licensed by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.
Return to play means participate in a nonmedically supervised practice or athletic competition.
I. In order to participate in any FPYC sports activity, each youth athlete and the youth athlete's parent or guardian shall review and acknowledge, on an annual basis, the current FPYC Concussion Information Statement. Youth athletes and their parents/guardians also are encouraged to review information on concussions provided by the Concussion Education Online Verification Program of the Fairfax County Public Schools (if accessible) or substantially equivalent program (i.e., CDC's free online program available athttp://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html. After having reviewed such materials describing the short- and long-term health effects of concussions, each youth athlete and the youth athlete's parent or guardian shall sign a statement acknowledging receipt and review of the FPYC Concussion Information Statement; and
II. In order to participate in any FPYC sports activity, each coach, assistant coach, and athletic trainer shall review on an annual basis, information on concussions provided by that adult volunteer's youth sport association, if applicable, or a substantially equivalent program for coaches (i.e., CDC's Heads Up Online Training).
III. A youth athlete suspected by that youth athlete's coach, athletic trainer, referee or other FPYC adult volunteer of sustaining a concussion or brain injury in a practice or game shall be removed from the activity at that time. A youth athlete who has been removed from play, evaluated, and suspected to have a concussion or brain injury shall not return to play that same day nor until (i) evaluated by an appropriate licensed health care provider (as defined below) and (ii) in receipt of written clearance to return to play from such licensed health care provider.
IV. Protocol for return to play
A. No member of a youth athletic team shall participate in any athletic event or practice the same day he or she is injured and:
exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors attributable to a concussion; or
has been diagnosed with a concussion.
B. No member of a youth athletic team shall return to participate in a youth sports event or training on the days after he/she experiences a concussion unless all of the following conditions have been met:
the youth no longer exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion, at rest or with exertion;
the youth is asymptomatic during, or following periods of supervised exercise that is gradually intensifying; and
the youth receives a written medical release from a licensed health care provider.
The Zurich Consensus Statement (November 2008) return to play guidelines and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Concussion Guidelines (August 2010), are available online to assist healthcare providers, student athletes and their families, and school divisions, as needed.
V. Helmet replacement and reconditions policies and procedures
A. Helmets must be certified for the applicable sport (i.e., National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment "NOCSAE") by the manufacturer at the time of purchase.
B. Reconditioned helmets, when applicable, must be recertified by the reconditioner.
VI. Training required for personnel and volunteers
A. FPYC shall ensure that all FPYC coaches, assistant coaches and athletic trainers receive current training annually on:
how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion;
strategies to reduce the risk of concussions;
how to seek proper medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion; and
when the youth athlete may safely return to the event or training.
B. The FPYC concussion policy management team shall ensure training is current and consistent with best practice protocols.
C. FPYC shall maintain a tracking system to document compliance with the annual training requirement.
D. Annual training on concussion management shall use a reputable program such as, but not limited to, the following:
The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) tools for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, athletes, and health care professionals provide important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion, and are available at http://cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html. These include Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs; Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports; and Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports.
The National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) online coach education course – Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know. This CDC-endorsed program provides a guide to understanding, recognizing and properly managing concussions in high school sports. It is available at www.nfhslearn.com.
The Oregon Center for Applied Science (ORCAS) ACTive® course, an online training and certification program that gives sports coaches the tools and information to protect players from sports concussions. Available at http://activecoach.orcasinc.com/, ACTive® is funded by the National Institutes of Health, developed by leading researchers, and validated in a clinical trial.
Sports specific programs (see your sports director to see if there is a program specifically applicable to your sport).